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Digging Deep into Digital ID

May 05 2024 Gabriel

Join Gabriel & Liam Sturgess in a discussion taking a look at the video Canada Fell Behind on Digital ID by Canadian Civil. The video contrasts Canada’s government log-in systems against Australia’s RealMe single sign-on, making the argument that Canada should make changes. This video, presents an opportunity to learn from advocates for strong Digital ID systems, and to refine our understanding of the merits and pitfalls of that position.

The EU Cyberwar on People & the Web

Nov 06 2023 Gabriel

The largest institutions from governments, alliances, and multi-national corporations are all wrestling for control over total digital dominance of the public. Your own access to information, and control over your data are both important objectives to these organizations. This battle over people’s digital lives is not without it’s consequences. There are disastrous possibilities if any group manages to secure surveillance and/or control over everyone’s online communications, transactions, and information. This problem isn’t new.

In defense of anonymity

Jan 08 2023 Gabriel

“If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men. I will find something in them which will hang him” Cardinal Richelieu In a time where so much data about people is being constantly harvested in increasingly invasive ways, there is a lot of material to work with. As I’m sure we have all seen, there innumerable ways in which people’s own beliefs, mistakes or decisions land them in serious trouble.

Digital ID: The basics

Sep 02 2022 Gabriel

101: What is Digital ID? The rise of technocratic control has justifiably motivated people into taking action and resist the foundational tools of the technocracy. Many of these tools are well positioned to leverage any form of digital ID against you. What forms can Digital ID take? A biometric implant? A smartphone app? Your face? A microchip in your passport? Any and all of these can be used in such a system.

The road to hell: misplaced optimism in the blockchain space

Aug 04 2022 Gabriel

I didn’t want to believe James Corbett at the time, but he warned us in 2018. The bitcoin psyop outlines the differences between central-bank digital currencies (CBDCs) & public permission-less blockchains. He also rightly outlines how smart contracts themselves could become tools of the technocracy. Tools of the Technocracy #1: Digital CurrencyHow the digital financial complex works against you...and what you can do about it. This article isn’t intended to denounce every blockchain based system.

Is the Internet safe for children?

Jul 23 2022 Gabriel

Nope. Just as playing in traffic isn’t safe for children, all people need to be properly mentally, and emotionally equipped to navigate the chaotic environment of the Internet. Sometimes it’s market forces, other times it’s algorithms, but nearly everywhere there are pitfalls designed to rob people of all ages their time, attention, and resources. Gaming gets a lot of flak for doing this to children, but it’s far from the only place.

Anatomy of a psyop

Jul 17 2022 Gabriel

A shadowy figure appears out of nowhere and tells you: They understand your problems It’s worse than you think They have a really simple solution they just need you to hand over your private information (or large sums of cash) to make all your worries go away The solution doesn’t require any real work on your part It’s a scam. Blatant scam artists and social engineers both heavily rely on affirming your biases.

Tools of the Technocracy: #4 Online Identity

Mar 22 2022 Gabriel

Tools of the Technocracy: #4 Online Identity There are some good reasons to attach your identity to online interactions, there are just as many (if not more) good reasons not to. It is important to understand how your actions ripple across the Internet and wider data-landscape. One of the greatest challenges in keeping your data secure is the fact that the Internet almost never forgets. It’s so difficult to be aware of all the data-points that have built over time.

Tools of the Technocracy: #2 Big Data & Artificial Intelligence

Feb 16 2022 Gabriel

Tools of the Technocracy: #2 Big Data & Artificial Intelligence Big data Big data is an arms race for information and computing power. The more information and computing power an entity has the more power it can leverage against you or over others. Privacy is generally discussed in terms of protecting yourself individually, but more and more it is becoming vital to protect your information to protect everyone. By reducing how much you feed into big data, you prevent that data from being weaponized against others.

Tools of the Technocracy: #1 Digital Currency

Feb 01 2022 Gabriel

Tools of the Technocracy: #1 Digital Currency Digital currency is what makes online commerce work so well. The trouble is that as the Internet has invaded our lives, it has given the digital financial complex more and more power. This is the foundation of a “social credit system” that aims to control every aspect of your life. Having the “right” social attitudes or behavior will not be enough to endure this.